When David got pulled over by the police, he knew the repercussions for drinking and driving with a suspended license would be severe.
An example of repercussion is a teenager being suspended from school for fighting.
- Archaic a driving back or being driven back by something resistant; rebound; recoil
- reflection, as of light or sound; reverberation
- a far-reaching, often indirect effect of or reaction to some event or action: usually used in pl.
Origin of repercussionClassical Latin repercussio from past participle of repercutere, to rebound, strike back: see re- and percussion
- An often indirect effect, influence, or result that is produced by an event or action.
- A recoil, rebounding, or reciprocal motion after impact.
- A reflection, especially of sound.
Origin of repercussionMiddle English repercussioun from Old French repercussion from Latin repercussiō repercussiōn- from repercussus past participle of repercutere to cause to rebound re- re- percutere to strike ; see percuss .
- A consequence or ensuing result of some action.
- You realize this little stunt of yours is going to have some pretty serious repercussions.
- The act of driving back, or the state of being driven back; reflection; reverberation.
- the repercussion of sound
- (music) Rapid reiteration of the same sound.
- (medicine) The subsidence of a tumour or eruption by the action of a repellent.
- (obstetrics) In a vaginal examination, the act of imparting through the uterine wall with the finger a shock to the foetus, so that it bounds upward, and falls back again against the examining finger.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Latin repercussio (“rebounding; repercussion"), from repercutio (“cause to rebound, reflect, strike against"), from re- + percutio (“beat, strike"), from per- (“thoroughly") + quatio (“shake").